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Mike Stoddart
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Where do Canadians print rule books? I priced a 25 black and white, bound rule book through Staples for about CAN$8. That will get very expensive considering the number of rule books I need to print! So where do you guys and gals print rule books and I'm especially asking people in or near Ottawa.
 
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Ian Klinck
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When you do higher volume, you get a better per-unit rate. Do enough, and it makes it worthwhile to get offset printing, rather than just running them out of a laser printer. (With offset printing, there's a setup cost, then a very low per-unit. It's getting past that setup cost that matters.)

Talk to a print shop about what you need, and how many copies.
 
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Mike unfortunately a lot of people don't realize how expensive printing it. Typically with printing it's the prepress and setup costs and not the run time. This is why volume cost so much less than small runs. It takes the same amount of time to set up to run 20 as 20,000. With offset printing you would need to look at doing print runs of 500 plus as this is really when it becomes cheaper. The big thing with offset is that they can use much larger sheet sizes too so it maximizes your printing. Rule books are probably one of the most costly parts of printing a game. $8 a book in all honesty is very reasonable. You may be able to find a repro company in town that does digital printing cheaper but it won't be significantly cheaper. One of the few ways to reduce the cost is to try and reformat your copy so that you need less pages.
 
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Mike Stoddart
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Thanks. Im not printing my own rule book. I'm trying. See if it's cheap enough to print updated rulebook scored the game's I've bought, to benefit from newer fixed rules etc. Thanks.
 
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Joel Smith
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check out the new Epson Eco Tank printers. I plan on getting one, similar in part, for your purpose of printing color manuals...I used to live in Ottawa
 
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I've been looking into this as well.
I want to do some print n play games, as well as proto types. But the printing costs are slowing me down right now.

I'd be happy with a professional playing card printer honestly - cardstock black or blue core, with UV gloss coating.

Is it the lack of demand in Canada? Is it higher prices for materials and labor? I see a number of discount printing places in the States and international that offer these services.
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